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Multi-instrumentalist Matthew Lyon has been a composer since childhood, when he started teaching himself the wide array of instruments he plays today. Equally at home playing an Celtic harp or using a computer for sound-design, Lyon strives to bridge the worlds of art, technology and spirit.
"I try to bring a sense of the inner landscapes and emotions that linger in the memories of an experience. The studio itself becomes an instrument in this quest, a garden where we grow music from the seeds of our travels through this land..."
Lyon brings an interest in world music and diverse range of musical expression to his both solo compositions and his collaborations with Christine Dickinson. Flutes from India sing duets with birds from the Rocky Mountain Front range, and lush vocal harmonies are supported by distant tribal drums. Sounds become paints on a broad canvas, moving and shifting in the last light of a quiet evening.
"I think had I not become a musician I would have been a visual artist; I strive for the same strong emotional response in creating a piece of music that painting or fine art photography is able to elicit. There is a strong visual arts tradition in my family (my mother and father are both highly skilled photographers and my sister an interior designer) and I think it shows in my approach to music."
The quiet spaces between the notes, the small shades of emotion that are only uncovered after repeated listenings are the elements which Lyon strives to bring to his work.
"As wonderful as it is to have someone enjoy your music on first hearing, its much more gratifying to hear how a listener has grown with a piece of the course of months or years. There are several songs on From Montana to the Sea that have literally been with me for years, been companions through good times and difficult times. To be able to write music that unveils shades of meaning with repeated listening is something both Christine and I work toward... music can be a bridge between this world and deeper truths."
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